View Full Version : Question? Horse Shoes...

08-16-2003, 07:05 PM
My friends all had horses when I was younger and they were in many parades. I seem to recall they would shod their horses with Rubber Shoes or something like that when the horse was to be on pavement for long periods on time.

I am looking for information on which shoes best fit the horses situation. Our little town has started having horse-drawn carraige rides and it bothers me that the horses A) never look happy & B) Do not appear to have appropiate shoes for their job... I want to know WHY. Their owners say it's not required, however I was in Seattle last week and their horses all have a quiet rubber (or something like it) shoe.

Any information I can get so as to pass a long to these owners or ease my mind would be greatly appreaciated.

Desert Arabian
08-16-2003, 08:12 PM
The purpose of the rubber under the horse shoe is to absorb the shock from walking, troting, cantering, etc. It is exactly like the cushions people put in their shoes. If horses are going to be walking on pavement for a prolonged period of time i.e. parades, it is a good idea to have them on so it is easier on the horses. If they walk on pavement with out a rubber pad they can get quite sore in the bones and muscle. It is a really good idea to have the rubber on when going into parades.

(Also, if the hoof is too long or short, the farrier will put rubber pads on the hooves. When the hoof is too long they put it on to relieve pain, and when it is too short they use it to lengthen the hoof.

There is another kind of rubber pad (can't recall the name) used to keep foregin objects, mud, and dirt out of the hoof and frog when the horses have thrush.)

There are many different kinds of horse shoes based on the condition of the hoof, and the occasion of which the horse is being used. I've seen shoes with spikes on them to help horses get tracksion when running (horse races, polo).

Kinds of Horseshoes (http://www.fortunecity.com/rivendell/castle/689/horseshoes.htm)
The Farrier and Hoofcare Resource Center (http://www.horseshoes.com/)

That's really I know. I hoped that helped out any!?! :)

08-17-2003, 03:38 PM
Thanks for the links... so, I am correct in assuming that these horses should have Rubber Shoes?